I've only been in one to try it out but it doesn't seem like you'd be able to put a lot on the shelf. Maybe some clothes. I find it easy to just put some tyvek on the ground and leave my pack under me.I am curious about the shelf in the Blackbird. How useful is it? I know you cannot put your pack there but how much weight are you able to get up there without affecting your sleep?
Wish I had a volume size but I can't find one for my pack. However, in the bottom section of my Deuter I can carry my hammock, underquilt, top quilt, and the bag with all my stakes/Figure 9s/etc.Anyone with a WBBB or Hennessy how compact can you pack up your hammock and tarp? A rough estimate of the volume it takes up in your pack?
Take a look at the Switchback or the Light Hiker. Both are very comfortable.